Transformation and the Year of the Dragon

By Kim Hutchinson

2012 Year of the Dragon

On January 23, the year of the Dragon arrived, ushering in a period of great energy and transformation. Research tells me that Chinese dragons are associated primarily with the following:

  • Primal Forces: All Elements (fire, water, earth, wind); Weather (rain, floods, hurricanes) and Energy
  • Protection: Strength, Power, Courage
  • Wisdom: Insight, Foresight, Knowledge

My intuition also tells me that they are associated with transformation. When you combine all these traits, you start to see what 2012 holds for us.

I feel that dragons are the perfect symbol for our upcoming metamorphosis because dragons are so changeable. They live on land, in the water and in the air, and they breathe fire. Dragons can even shapeshift, and travel through space and time. Interestingly, dragons embody yang or male energy, and are often depicted with the phoenix who represents the yin or female energy. The phoenix is the symbol of magical rebirth. What better symbols for 2012 than these two mysterious and remarkable mythological creatures?

The dragon symbolism becomes even more interesting when you discover 2012 is the year of the water dragon. Water is typically yin in nature being associated with life itself, our emotions, the subconscious and creativity. When you couple that with yang energy of the dragon, you have the equivalent of fast moving water, or a powerful current of energy that is going to carry us to our new destination. Perhaps that’s why so many prophecies speak of water (i.e. tsunamis) transforming the world in 2012? The water is but a metaphor for the energy or current that is propelling us into the higher dimension(s). Add in the fact that the dragon brings protection and is gifted in foresight, and I truly believe we have nothing to fear.

No matter how you look at it, I think we’re in for an exciting year!

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